Deputy Sheriff Keith George Ruiz

Deputy Sheriff Keith George Ruiz

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, February 15, 2001

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Keith George Ruiz

Deputy Sheriff Keith Ruiz was shot and killed as he and other SWAT team members were attempting to serve a narcotics warrant.

Deputy Ruiz's unit was working with the Capital Area Narcotics Task Force. As the officers attempted to enter the mobile home, they identified themselves and the suspect immediately opened fire, striking Deputy Ruiz in the chest between two panels on his vest. Another deputy returned fire wounding the suspect in the hand. Deputy Ruiz was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect was charged with capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Ruiz had served with the Travis County Sheriff's Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I've been retired for many years now, but I will always remember meeting you in the academy class behind me and both of us working together, backing each other up in the Jonestown area or just meeting up to talk. I visit your resting place often... Rest in peace my brother.

Sgt. Glenn Copeland
Travis County Constable Pct. 5

February 17, 2022

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